Celebrating the achievements of our School Council
Today we held a special assembly for our school councillors of 2016-2017. They all received special certificates and a presentation was made about all the work they accomplished last year. To celebrate their achievements Miss Dobson will be holding a special tea party for them next half term.
Please click on the link below where you can find out more about what they have been doing.
School Council Powerpoint
Football results and a new kit
The Year 6 football team played at Dover House Road again last Thursday. They lost 0-3 against St Michael’s but didn’t give up and ended the evening on a high winning 1-0 against The Alton. They finish the half term in 5th position in the league, out of 7.
They are also celebrating after being awarded a Premier League Primary Stars kit and equipment pack.
The Kit and Equipment Scheme forms part of the Premier League Primary Stars offer to primary schools in England and Wales. This is a curriculum-linked education programme that uses the appeal of the Premier League and its clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.
Delivered by the Football Foundation, the Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme gives teachers a range of equipment that can be used across different curriculum areas to get children active.
Richard Scudamore, Executive Chairman of the Premier League and Football Foundation Trustee, said: “Congratulations to West Hill Primary School on their successful application for a Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment pack. We hope this kit, coupled with the free downloadable online resources, will help teachers harness the popularity of football to inspire primary school kids in everything from Maths and English to teamwork and sport.”
Our Year 6 football team have been receiving some extra coaching once a week for the first half term of the year and together with their excellent team efforts, this resulted in a win last night against Ronald Ross. They performed very strongly to win 4-0! They played one other match last night against Sheringdale which they unfortunately lost 0-1 but it was a close match.
Well done to our team!
International Dress and Food Tasting Day Tuesday 17th October
As part of our celebrations for Black History Month this October, on Tuesday 17th October children are invited to come to school in the traditional dress of their country of origin. If this is difficult, then they may come in the colours of their country’s flag.
We would really like the children to experience tasting food from different cultures and ask that you send some traditional food in with your child that morning.
Please remember that this is a nut free school – none of the food is allowed to contain nuts whatsoever.
You could bring in something savoury or sweet but please ensure that you list the ingredients in case of allergies and explain on what occasion you would usually eat this particular food.
NSPCC day Friday 6th October
You will all have received letters informing you about a very important day we are having on Friday 6th October.
The NSPCC are visiting us to give an assembly to all the children to talk to them about their ‘Speak Out Stay Safe’ programme. This will ensure that our pupils have the knowledge and understanding to stay safe from abuse.
Years 5 and 6 will also have a workshop with the NSPCC and you have also been invited to a one hour workshop in the afternoon of that day. Copies of all the letters sent are below.
You can also find out more by clicking here and there are lots of resources to teach your children about keeping safe if you click here
NSPCC letter pupils
NSPCC letter pupils page 2
NSPCC letter to parents.
School gate opening times
Please note that our gate opening times have changed.
For pupils attending Early Birds the gate opens at 7.55am and closes at 8.10am.
For all other pupils the gate reopens at 8.40am and closes at 9am.
We expect all children to be present for registration at 8.50am.
This information is also available on the Headteacher’s newsletter sent out in July.
West Hill awarded School Games Mark Bronze Award
We are delighted to announce that West Hill Primary School has achieved the School Games Mark Bronze Award for the 2016/17 academic year. The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success. With many more children competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport. As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.
West Hill Enabling Enterprise Challenge Day
Now in our sixth year working with Enabling Enterprise, we are passionate about preparing their students for the real world and ensuring they aspire to do great things through their work in the school and on business trips. Having spent the whole of last week focusing on Enabling Enterprise Lesson Time Projects such as Trash to Treasure and Active Minds, the Enabling Enterprise team arrived at West Hill to stretch the children’s skills to the max.
The challenge was called Level Up!
All eight of the enterprise skills were required for students to successfully complete the many stages in developing a new platform computer game. They began the day researching West Hill’s values and places within the school that would become the setting and theme of their game. Tasked with designing not only the game’s map but also their game’s characters, obstacles and objects, Using Imagination skills effectively as a group was going to be vital to success. Once their game worlds were complete, the teams were introduced to coding, the logical way computers think and the way humans solve problems to communicate with them before precisely engineering how to control their own character. It was then time for the students to become Sales Representatives and show off their ideas in a final presentation to their class at the EE Game Expo!
There is more information on the Enabling Enterprise website.
Here are some photos from the day: